Finite element shape functions were combined with beam eigenfunctions to formulate three-dimensional finite strips. Because of the orthogonality of the beam functions, three-dimensional problems were reduced to a series of two-dimensional problems, often with stiffness matrices of very narrow bandwidth. Isoparametric and high order finite element shape functions were used in the formulation of the 3-D finite strips. Numerical examples such as the static and free vibration analyses of simply supported thick plates are presented. Results were compared with existing solutions and good agreements were obtained in all cases.